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with more layoffs to come. there is anger and frustration here. >> i wish the president would create more jobs here in ohio. >> president obama is doing a terrible job at handling the economy. >> reporter: sentiments held nationally. according to the new abc news/"washington post" poll, a record 57% of the public disapprove of the president's handling of the economy. for the first time, more say the president's policies have made the economy worse than better. hoping to combat that impression, the president in cleveland will propose more ways to encourage economic growth. allowing businesses to write off 100% of their new investments in plants and economic. permanently extending a research tax credit. on top of a $50 billion investment in more infrastructure. >> i don't think this is going to add up to a lot of jobs, certainly not in the next six to 12 months when the economy needs it most. >> reporter: the president points to republican opposition to his proposals as evidence of
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their lack of ideas. >> if i said the sky was blue, they'd say no. if i said fish live in the sea, they'd say no. >> reporter: the public is also skeptical. only 32% have confidence that republican proposals will improve the economy. house republican whip eric cantor says a republican congress needs to create a friendlier climate for businesses, including keeping the bush tax cuts for everyone, including those earning more than $200,000 a year, set to expire at the end of this year. >> we propose in our stimulus plan earlier this session a 20% tax rate reduction for small businesses. and that's who we're going to rely on to create jobs. >> reporter: republicans say the president's policies are creating uncertainty in the business community, which is reluctant to invest in new jobs. the white house says the new proposals are designed to create confidence, and the white house accusedrooting for failure. bp's own internal investigation of the massive gulf coast oil spill is likely
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to assign blame to the oil giant, as well as to other parties. bp is due to release that internal report this morning and the report is also expected to explain why some of bp's engineers failed to miss key signs of the deepwater horizon rig was unstable. the explosion killed 11 men and is the worst offshore disaster in history. now here's a look at your wednesday weather. aside from that heavy rain in texas, there were some showers along the pacific coast from northern california through oregon and washington state. showers and thunderstorms in the northeast from new york city to northern new england. and scattered showers in florida. >> mostly 80s for miami all the way up to boston. 70 in detroit. 68 in chicago. 79 in kansas city. phoenix just shy of 100. salt lake city 85. seattle is 64. well, from plies -- i just learned that word -- and pirouettes to e er ier i er iere
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room. >> with help from some of the most talented dancers from across the country. dozens of dance students were created to a workshop and jaw-dropping performances from ballet to hip-hop and everything in between. >> look at her go. the night was a tribute to iconic dancer judith jamieson, who calls dance the soul of this nation. she certainly is beautiful. they say in case you're wondering this is more athletic than artistic. i think you can see that, just looking at her physique. >> i get winded just watching her. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses.
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before this week, terry jones who's a small-time pastor from gainesville, florida, was relatively unknown. >> now thanks to his plan to hold a koran-burning ceremony on 9/11, he is becoming a household name. receiving threats and criticism from around the world.
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here's terry moran. ♪ >> reporter: the dove world outreach center has about 30 congregants this sunday morning and their prayer group is like many pentecostal meetings. there is speaking in tongues here. look closely, though. the pastors are armed and militant. >> we do believe the book is evil, it's bad. it's against the bible, it's against god. >> reporter: the book, of course, is the koran. the holy book of the world's 1.3 billion muslims, believed by the faithful to be the word of god revealed through his prophet. >> we are sending a clear message -- >> reporter: pastor terry jones says he will burn it on seven been. >> we feel that a radical message is necessary. we also want to send a message to the moderate muslim to stay peaceful and moderate. we expect the muslims that are here in america to respect, honor, obey, submit to our constitution. >> reporter: and with that
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theological belligerence, pastor jones has led his little flock to the brink of a global confrontation, and he's drawn harsh criticism from secretary of state clinton -- >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act -- >> reporter: -- to religious leaders from the vatican to southern baptists, fellow evangelical preachers -- now in a sign of how serious this has become, from general david petraeus in afghanistan, who warned what pastor jones intends to do puts american lives at risk. >> we're very concerned about the implications of a possible koran burning in the united states. it puts our soldiers at jeopardy, very likely. we've already seen a demonstration here in kabul just at the rumor that this event could take place. >> reporter: in kabul, pastor jones was burned in effigy. just the kind of thing general petraeus is concerned can get
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out of hands. but jones says he must go forward. >> we understand his concerns and we share those concerns. we understand that those concerns are valid. we just have -- the question is -- the question that we have is, if we don't do it, when do we stop backing down? >> pastor, don't you even have a twinge of conscience about doing something like this? >> of course. of course we have thought very much about it. we have prayed a lot about it. yes. it's one of the things that we think about all of the time. >> reporter: terry jones has kicked around the fringes of the gainesville christian community since the early 1990s. he'd led a church in germany before moving here. then last year he found a way to raise his profile. hate. he made signs and printed t-shirts declaring islam is of the devil. and he's never looked back.
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and here's your scientisting the event. >> right. that's true. >> 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., three hours of koran burning. christians sometimes ask, what would jesus do? do you really think that jesus christ, if he were here today, would say, pastor, go burn that holy book. >> absolutely. >> jesus christ would say that? >> absolutely. if you look at jesus' life, most of the time jesus was as people imagine him. he was very nice, very patient, very loving. but there was also times that jesus did radical things. so i think jesus would not run around burning books, but i think he would burn this one. >> what do you say to people who say you're crazy? you are on the lunatic fringe of christianity? >> well, i agree that the burning of the koran is pretty radical. >> reporter: it's an act of war, really. an act of holy war. a sign of the times.
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and some, like terry jones, are ready for the fight. you're prepared to do this and prepared and ready to incite violence? >> we are definitely prepared to do this. we are definitely prepared to give our lives for this particular message and cause, yes. >> will you be armed? >> yes, we will. yes. >> so we could see a gun battle out here? >> we could. we have been threatened. >> reporter: jones says he's been asked directly by the fbi, the department of justice, and local gainesville law enforcement not to go through with the koran burning. but he won't listen. to them, at least. if you listen to him closely, though, you get the sense he may be looking, praying, for a way out of a terrible corner he's painted himself into. you're going to go through with this? >> as of right now, we have every intention in going through, yes. >> what would change your mind? >> yeah, i guess the same thing that caused us to do it.
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just a deep conviction from god that something has to happen. >> reporter: so he is praying. as are so many other people around the world. i'm terry moran in gainesville, florida. >> now more information's starting to come out about this guy. they said apparently he doesn't know any muslims personally and a lot of what he knows about the religion has come from youtube. a lot of question about who this guy is. >> countering extremism with extremism is what a lot of people are saying. it's interesting. in 2005 there was just a report out that some guards at guantanamo bay flushed a koran, and that incited deadly riots in afghanistan. when you later general david petraeus saying this could really hurt our armed men overseas, it is a worry. coming up after the break, the results of a study on memory loss. >> who is osked more, men or women? you're watching "world n
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in a new study that proves what women and myself have really known for years, that men are more forgetful. >> not surprised here. the study from the mayo clinic says as men age they are much more likely than women to suffer significant memory loss. here's linsey davis with more. >> reporter: leif bullison was one of those men who was forgetful when it came to birthdays and anniversaries. in the past two years his memory started getting worse. >> it's embarrassing when someone you should know walks in the room and says, hi, how are you? and i'll say, uh, well, i'm fine. you know. and act like i know who it is. >> reporter: he was one of 2,000 men and women over the age of 70 who took part in a study. the mayo clinic found 19% of the men suffered from mild cognitive
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impairment compared to 14% of the women. mild donnative impairment, or mci, is significant forgetfulness but not severe enough to interfere with daily life. >> this is a surprising finding to us. >> reporter: what also makes these new findings so surprising is women are more likely than men to get alzheimer's. fortunately for leif, his wife's memory is still intact. >> i try to remember to ask him daily, morning and evening, if he has taken his medication. >> reporter: doctors aren't sure why men are experiencing this memory loss more than women. but they're looking very closely at a possible clue. heart disease. >> when we look at the men who have mild cognitive impairment, they tend to have more of the vascular risk factors than women do. such at high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking history. >> reporter: the good news is these are areas where doctors can intervene and potentially diminish the risk of developing significant memory loss. linsey davis, abc news, new
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york. >> of course there's so many theories for the differences. jim our floor director had one. he said these men are forgetting more things because there are women driving them up the wall. >> for the sake of my relationship i have no comment.
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finally this half hour, attack of the fying fish. a hearing is under way in federal court in a five-state battle against an invader. >> asian carp will destroy their fishing industries. here's barbara pinto. >> reporter: on the illinois river, fish are flying. >> oh! >> reporter: the airborne antics of asian carp are a hit on youtube. but these jumping fish are no joke. there's dangerous projectiles to anyone on the water. is this a war?
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>> you might term it a war. we've been using all of our weapons, so to speak, to fight she's fish back. >> reporter: the bottom-feeding carp were imported from china decades ago as a way to help clean southern fish hatcheries. floodwaters washed them into the mighty mississippi. now the population has exploded and moved upstream into the illinois river are. a short swim from lake michigan. >> if they get in here it would wreak havoc on these jewels we call the great lakes. >> reporter: asian carp are a looming threat to the $7 billion fishing industry here. they spawn three times a year and consume 40% of their body weight in food every day. with no known predators, they could choke occupant the eco system for more desirable fish. that's exactly why michigan and four other states have filed suit. they want the army corps of engineers to barricade the locks on the only shipping channels between the mississippi and lake michigan. effectively closing the doors to the lake and beyond. nearly 100 businesses are at
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stake, including john and jackie kendrick. they own a small company that tugs barges through these water ways. they worry their 19-year-old company could dry up. >> what they're talking about now is shutting down the avenue to get any business up here. there's no way to survive that. they're closing the path that all of our business comes from. >> reporter: along the illinois river, beating back the asian carp is now sport. at the annual redneck fishing contest they use nets, bats, anything to subdue a species that seems unstoppable. barbara pinto, abc news, chicago. >> i think he hit a home run with that carp. >> i know what p.e.t.a. thinks about that. there was a race in missouri, got knocked in the head, had to withdraw because of headache. did you get it? >> that is the news for this half hour. more things you cannot live
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president obama faces harsh criticism as he heads back out on the road today to talk about the economy. >> president obama is doing a terrible job at handling the economy. a plan to hold a koran burning puts a small-time pastor in the middle of a big-time battle. >> it's one of the things that we think about all of the time. >> he is being criticized from far and wide, but he says that he's going forward. and, a growing problem in britain. believe it or not, there's actually a house in there. >> when it's raining you can stand underneath and you can stay partially dry. >> it's wednesday, september
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8th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm happy to be back. >> welcome back. i'm vinita nair. >> yeah! >> don't even pretend. stop. >> she looks rested, doesn't she? president obama is on the road today in another campaign-style appearance, again focusing on the economy. >> mr. obama will reveal a new tax cut plan for businesses. however, the latest polls show the president does face a very tough challenge in convincing americans about his latest proposals. john hendren joins us now from washington with the very latest. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. abc has come out with its latest political poll with just two months to go before midterm elections. for democrats the news and the timing could hardly be worse. when air force one touches down in cleveland, president obama will outline tax cuts designed to create new jobs. allowing businesses to write off
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100% of their investments in plant and equipment through the end of next year at an estimated final cost of $30 billion. and permanently extending a research tax credit. on top of a $50 billion investment in more infrastructure which the president outlined in an earlier stop in milwaukee. >> i am going to keep fighting every single day, every single hour, every single minute, to turn this economy around. >> reporter: but across the nation, he faces a tough reception. >> you can see with the unemployment numbers people are still hurting and i wish more would be done. >> i wish the president would create more jobs here in ohio. >> president obama is doing a terrible job at handling the economy. >> reporter: a new abc news/"washington post" poll found for the first time, most voters -- 52% -- now disapprove of the way mr. obama is handling his job overall. more voters now say the president has made the economy worse. >> what we're really seeing is a revolt against the status quo. and it's all about fundamentally
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the economy. >> reporter: more than nine in ten voters now say the economy is in bad shape. only one-quarter think it will get any better. unless voter perceptions turn around the president, who campaigned on change, might get more of it than he bargained for. rob and vinita? a raging wildfire continues to burn out of control near boulder, colorado, this morning. more than 3,000 people have been forced from their homes ahead of the flames. officials say it will be at least two days before they'll be allowed back. dozens of homes have already been destroyed, including those belonging to fire crews. >> the most tragic story, and at the same time probably the most heroic story out of this, is i think you've heard at least nine firefighters, while actively fighting the fire, lost their homes. and that's a testament to the commitment and the bravery and the dedication of the folks, while they're out saving someone else's home, their home is burning down. >> authorities are investigating reports that the fires started when a car crashed into a
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propane tank. the justice department is now investigating several anti-muslim incidents in four states. investigators say that the cases include the stabbing of a muslim cab driver in new york. the scope of the investigation also includes vandalism and other incidents at mosques and mosques under construction around the country. the incidents come amid continued criticism of a planned mosque near ground zero. secretary of state hillary clinton has now added her voice to the growing condemnation over that planned burning of the koran. but the florida minister at the center of that controversy says he intends to go ahead with it this weekend. our terry moran spoke with pastor terry jones. ♪ >> reporter: at the sunday morning service at the dove world outreach center, there were fewer than 30 worshippers, a tiny congregation among the world's 2 billion plus christians. but pastor terry jones has led this little flock to the brink of what has become a global confrontation.
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>> i think it's time to stand up and do what we're doing. >> reporter: pastor jones says he will go forward with his plan to burn hundreds of korans, the holy book of more than 1 billion muslims, on september 11th. >> pastor, don't you even have a twinge of conscience about doing something like this? >> of course. of course. we have thought very much about it. we have prayed a lot about it. yes. it's one of the things that we think about all of the time. >> reporter: jones says the fbi, the department of justice, and local law enforcement authorities in gainesville have all urged him not to go forward. but he won't listen. in afghanistan, general david petraeus warned that jones' actions could endanger u.s. troops. >> it puts our soldiers at jeopardy, very likely. we've already seen a demonstration here in kabul. just at the rumor that this event could take place. >> we understand that those concerns are valid. but the question that we have is, if we don't do it, when do we stop backing down?
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>> reporter: but even though christian leaders from the vatican to the southern baptists to evangelical leaders have condemned jones, he believes. christians sometimes ask, what would jesus do? do you really think that jesus christ, if he were here today, would say, pastor, go burn that holy book? >> absolutely. >> jesus christ would say that? >> absolutely. >> what would change your mind? >> yeah, i guess the same thing that caused us to do it. just a deep conviction from god that something has to happen. >> reporter: so he is praying. as are so many other people around the world. i'm terry moran in gainesville, florida. nine fishing boats in south korea have been destroyed by a quick-moving fire. it happened in a port yesterday and left the local fishing community with $5 million worth of damage. the boats had been docked as a
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precautionary measure in case a typhoon hit. the boats were made of a highly flammable plastic material so they burned very quickly. we are following a breaking story out of los angeles this morning. the fbi said a thai airways flight has landed safely at l.a.x. after a written bomb threat was discovered in the plane's bathroom. the luggage is now being screened and the passengers and crew are being interviewed by law enforcement. tropical storm hermine has fizzled out but parts of texas are getting drenched. the central portion of the state could see several more inches of rain today. in addition to up to a foot that has already fallen. and flash flooding is expected as far north as oklahoma and kansas. the storm weakened after blowing in from mexico but rough seas had the coast guard busy rescuing a number of fishermen off south padre island. here's a look at the forecast around the country. the rain from hermine extends into missouri, parts of louisiana, mississippi, and
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tennessee. showers across florida. thunderstorms in new york and new england. and showers from portland to seattle and western montana. >> mid 70s in billings, boise and sacramento. upper 60s in fargo, minneapolis. 76 in omaha. 90s from new orleans to atlanta. 83 here in new york. and 80 in boston. well, we will dispense with the usual light-hearted story we do right about now because of something very special that some of us couldn't help but to recognize last night. >> as we report on plans to burn korans in the proposed islamic center, we caught sight of what we think is one of the first tests of the huge beams of light reaching for the sky from new york's ground zero. >> every year since the 9/11 attacks they have been lit to honor those who died at the world trade center. and of course they will be lit on the anniversary this saturday night. >> and there are plans to light them again next year for the tenth anniversary of the
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welcome back. we return now to the latest abc news/"washington post" poll. the numbers do not look good for president obama. they look just as bad for his party overall. >> with two months to go before the midterm elections the poll shows when it comes to registered voters, 47% prefer a republican, 45% prefer a democrat. pretty tight. >> what is not close is who will actually get out and vote. only 40% of democrats say they will vote compared to 53% of republicans, showing republicans are fired up for this election. >> one state these numbers could come into play is nevada. that's the home of senate majority leader harry reid. >> reid is not only fighting a 14.3% unemployment rate in his state, he's also fighting one of the stars of the tea party. here's jonathan karl with more. >> reporter: meet the new sharron angle. feisty as ever but looking more like a candidate who can topple the majority leader. >> i'm a mainstream american and
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mainstream nevada understands that. >> reporter: for months, angle seemed to be running scared. >> it's a simple question. >> reporter: even fleeing local tv cameras. no more. >> i know that we have a lot of press here and they're going to want to ask some questions. >> reporter: now she's willing to explain her most controversial statements, including this. >> we have home-born, home-grown enemies in our system, and i for one think we have some of those enemies in the walls of the senate and the congress. >> yes, i think you're right, bill. >> do we have enemies of the country in the halls of congress? >> well, certainly people who pass these kinds of policies -- obama care, cap and trade, stimulus, bailouts -- they're certainly not friends to the free market system. >> so what are they? >> they're not friends. >> reporter: the central strategy of the reid campaign is simple. portray sharron angle as just plain crazy. in a barrage of attack ads, reid uses angle's own words against her.
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now angle is firing back. >> harry reid's dragged it down to perhaps its lowest point ever. and he wants to call me an extremist? >> reporter: senator reid told us he bears no responsibility for the sorry state of nevada's economy. >> you know that i had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. you know i had nothing to do with these unemployment figures. in fact, i've worked hard to change them. >> reporter: while reid relies on his ads to do the talking, angle seems to be everywhere these days. getting plenty of unsolicited advice, even about sarah palin. >> get palin down here. otherwise harry's going to kick your butt. i hate to say that. but get her down here. >> okay. well, she endorsed me and she said she's ready. >> reporter: interesting thought but republicans now think angle is doing okay on her own. jonathan karl, abc news, minden, nevada. >> it certainly will be a closely watched race. what separates nevada from the
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other senate races is that voters actually have the option of checking none of the above. so in a race like that, voters being able to do that really changes the parameters of how these two contestants meet. >> they say they may get 5% or 6% of people who check that box, that could throw the race in a whole different kind of way. so very interesting. people around the country would like a none of the above box. that's the only state. >> nevada is the only one with it so far. when we come back we'll
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♪ it's ladies night and the feeling's right ♪ ♪ oh yes it's ladies night oh what a night ♪ >> welcome back, everybody. welcome back to you from vacation. you look very rested. welcome back to the set here. i know you're excited to be back. and actually, people had a lot to say while you were gone. they missed you terribly, you should know that first of all. they did. willis was heartbroken. everyone was upset. but it was funny. it was the first time in a while two men had hosted the show. >> the bromance. >> mike marusarz and i all last
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week. we thought we'd welcome you back with some snippets of what an extra infusion of december is to tro does here at "world news now." take a look. >> you ever play tennis? >> oh, it's the wrong way. obviously not. >> that's pretty bad. >> how about the world testicle cooking champion? >> oh, yum. >> testicles. this thing's nuts. the white house crashers? you remember the couple that tried to sneak in -- >> salahis. >> now she will soon grace the pages of "playboy." >> yum. >> and then if she's not satisfied, i'll put her over my knee and spank her. >> hey-yo! >> my question is, is one of the themes going to be the fist pumping? >> i have no doubt that he will be -- ♪ get the texti >> it's called a texti, actually a green -- >> she's breaking it out. >> whoa. >> see, she didn't lose those skills she learned in the film "striptease" which is very, very
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comforting. >> who doesn't like a dog who knows how to get down, you know what i mean? >> look at that. did i miss the dip? dip the dog. >> dipping the dog. do you think the dog likes this, though? >> it's a lot better than fetch, i mean, look at this thing. >> so the takeaway is that you should not be left alone. >> this is true, this is the moral of last week. welcome back. it's nice to balance this whole thing out again. yes. that's what happens when you leave the boys. >> i'm glad to see when i leave you talk about testicles and fist pumping. >> what all guys talk about. >> let's get on to "the skinny." i know you're excited to see that. barbara walters is on "the view." and barbara walters lowered her top. take a look. >> my scar starts somewhere around here. >> i don't see it. >> i have a little bit -- >> i'm right next to you. >> barbara, that -- >> you see? >> i can barely see it. >> it really does look like
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cleavage. >> it does. >> you cannot see it. >> that's fantastic. >> okay, so it was like a quarter of a 16th of an inch. >> look at her go, yeah! whoa! >> she's feeling great. keep in mind, she had heart surgery -- you guys, i can't even talk, between the two of you. she had heart surgery, keep in mind. she was back, she came back to "the view." tuesday was her first time back on the show and she had the heart valve replacement. it was really nice because they had a lot of people who said nice things. elton john, david beckham, martha stewart. like you saw it really was not a bad scar at all. >> no, you can hardly see it. 80 years old, going strong, back flips. she is unstoppable. barbara walters, welcome back. that's really a testament that she's back, looking good. willis, you liked that, didn't you? >> that was great. >> i knew you did. more controversy from lady gaga, one of your favorites here. p.e.t.a. can be kind of tough sometimes. this is definitely not going to
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make the p.e.t.a. folks happy. this is an a foreign issue of "vogue" she's out posing on the cover. and what's that, a dress made out of raw meat for lady gaga. so that is probably not going to sit well with a few folks. this is her latest headline-grabbing stunt here for lady gaga on the cover of "vogue." >> i don't get it. i understand obviously p.e.t.a. but what is the essence of what she's trying to say? >> not for p.e.t.a. this is the look she decided to go with. p.e.t.a.'s not happy with this at all. this is just what she chose to grab some headlines and get some attention, which is one of her fortes. >> i would see something like that and maybe she's saying wearing fur is the equivalent of wearing raw meat, you know what i mean? i would almost think it's something of her saying, i'm against meat-eating. >> that would be a smart political statement. i don't think -- yeah. she wasn't looking that deeply into it. >> taylor swift is surprisingly on the end of more attacks.
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>> oh, poor taylor. getting beat up. >> well, you know, funny thing is that this is coming from black crowe's rocker. the husband -- former husband of kate hudson. his name is, where is it, chris robinson. basically he says he's tired of packaged acts. he said people, and h speicalt tat. a lot of these missions have stylists who dress them, producers who play it on the computer, it all comes out the same. [ female announcer ] fact.
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they're actually 35 feet tall and they're casting a dark shadow over his entire neighborhood. the bbc's jon kay has more now from plymouth, england. >> reporter: your front garden. a place to welcome and to impress. a way to make a statement. and in this quiet street in suburban plymouth, there is definitely a statement being made. crammed into a small plot, around ten giant leyland trees. at 35 feet or 10 meters high, they're now so big the house can't be seen. >> oh, yeah, they must have started about four foot i should imagine when he bought them. >> now look? >> now look at it. >> reporter: neighbors have had enough and have gone to the council. >> i think it's disgusting for the people that live next door. they try to look after their own properties. how can they look after their properties when there's something like this there?
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>> what's it like to live with this on your street? >> terrible. terrible. the only thing you get out of that, really, is when it's raining. you can stand underneath and you can stay partially dry. but apart from that, i think it's appalling. >> reporter: neighbors say the trees are putting their gardens in the shade. so they've clubbed together to launch an action against the owner, david alvand. i've just spoken to mr. alvand at the door. he doesn't want to go on-camera. he doesn't want to speak to anybody. but he says he's done nothing wrong, this is his land, and he'd rather the media focused on politicians rather than somebody like him. this was david alvand eight years ago when he last fell out with his neighbors. back then he built a giant wall around the house and was forced by the courts to pull it down. worried by all the attention, he called in the police. the local authority hopes mr. alvand and his neighbors can reach a compromise among themselves. if not, more council cuts could be on the way. jon kay, bbc news, devon.
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>> the guy just wants a little privacy. i don't know, that's bizarre, i don't get it. i don't know, that's bizarre, i don't get it. >> it really i chubby checker: hi, i'm chubby checker. a new twist in the law makes it easier than ever to save on your medicare prescription drug plan costs. so what are you waiting for? go to www.socialsecurity.gov and apply for extra help. it's easier than learning the twist.
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making news on this wednesday, september 8th. >> big boost. today, the president rolls out his new plan for the economy. but will it be enough to help his party on election day? growing outrage over a florida pastor's plan to kurn the koran. is there a chance he'll back down? and reduced to rubble. a detroit firestorm, spreading from house to house to house. good morning. and thanks for being with us. the president hopes to reverse his party's popularity problem today, as he outlines a new, economic plan.
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>> and that, of course, is a very tall order, with just eight weeks until the midterm elections. but the white house is betting a mix of tax incentives and new spending will do the trick. >> emily schmidt is joining us from washington with details on what the president will say today. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning to you. the white house says the message you hear today is going to be the basic economic message until the election. officials are hoping that the president can convince voters that the economy's on the right track. even as recent polls show voters are increasingly worried. today in cleveland, it's round two of a washington election year fight about the economy. president obama heads to the buckeye state to outline his new plans for a fix. >> this isn't about the next 60 days or the next 90 days. this is about how do we get our economy fully back on track? >> reporter: the announcement comes in the same city where two weeks ago, house republican leader, john boehner, announced
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his plan. and called on the president to fire his entire economic team. >> we had 15 months of a community organizer. it hasn't worked. our fresh start needs to begin now. >> reporter: president obama's proposals will include billions of dollars of tax incentives. businesses could write off all of investments and plans and equipment. and a research tax credit would be permanently extended. that's on top of $50 billion of infrastructure spending. but the president needs support of congress and midterm election voters. >> president obama is doing a terrible job at handling the economy. >> reporter: in an abc news/"washington post" poll, 92% of americans say the economy is in bad shape. and say the president has made it worse. but just 32% believe republican proposals would make things better. >> what we're really seeing is a revolt against the status quo. and it's all about, fundamentally, the economy. >> reporter: and today, president obama is also expected to support to keep the bush tax
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cuts for couples making less than $250,000 a year. but letting them expire for americans making more money. the president has yet to join several top officials in condemning a church's plan to burn the koran this week. secretary of state hillary clinton is the latest to come out against the event, with a gainesville, florida church. will reverent terry jones cancel the planned burning? we'll hear from him later in the half hour. an italian airlines plane landed safely in l.a. overnight. after a bomb threat. a handwritten message was found in the bathroom on a mirror. after the plane landed, it was taken to a secure area, where passengers were able to get out. investigators say no bomb was found. now, they're focusing on whoever left that note. the cleanup is under way this morning, after a wind-driven firestorm, usually seen out west, was fought in the middle of detroit.
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authorities say toppled power lines helped spread 85 house fires in the course of 4 hours last night. the fires broke out in at least three, different neighbors. eyewitnesss say the fires spread quickly, from one home to the other. >> got one house, caused nine houses to burn down. that don't make no sense. >> it just smoldered, at first. then, it went -- >> reporter: the dry winds were gusting up to 50 miles per hour at the time. no serious injuries have been reported. on top of that, a wildfire is still raging out of control in the foothills around boulder, colorado. thousands who were forced to leave their homes ahead of the flames will not be allowed to go back for at least two days. nearly 100 structures have already been destroyed. diana alvear has more. >> reporter: thick smoke blankets the skies above colorado's fourmile canyon fire. it has kept choppers from attacking the blaze from above
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until now. >> unfortunately today, we continue to lose some structures. >> reporter: nine firefighters lost their homes. >> that's a testament to the commitment and the bravery and the dedication of the folks. while they're out saving someone else's home, their home is burning down. >> reporter: anna and tom leuer got out just in time. >> it was windy. took out the house on top of the ridge. >> reporter: over the last couple of days, conditions have forced residents in the fire zone to combat the flames themselves, using shovels and rakes, whatever they had on-hand, to try to save their homes. >> but it was rolling over the hill here in big plumes. >> reporter: those who evacuated the area, have no way of getting back in, to see for themselves what damage has been done. >> we were wondering if it's still there. >> reporter: some residents never learned there was a mandatory evacuation. the reverse 911 system, designed to warn them, went down for a
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couple of hours. firefighters are currently assessing the damage within the fire zone. they're hoping to post a list of burned home online, for residents to review. diana alvear, abc news, los angeles. and those firefighters will get a little help today from lighter winds and some higher humidity. the remnants hermine dumps heavy rain from texas to kansas. showers along the pacific coast, from northern california, through oregon and washington. showers and thunderstorms from here in new york, to northern new england. scattered showers across florida. and mostly 80s from miami up to boston. 70 in detroit. 68 in chicago. and 79 in kansas city. phoenix is just shy of 100. salt lake city, 85. seattle, 64. there's more amazing video of the fierce winds in michigan, about 230 miles north of detroit. they created a sandstorm, covering pretty much everything in sight. workers at the national park in empire tried to respond quickly to any downed trees or roads
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covered with sand. >> tough times in michigan. still to come this morning, a story that's making headlines around the world. >> you really think that jesus christ, if he were here today, would say pastor, go burn that holy book? >> absolutely. >> we hear from the pastor learning to burn copies of the >> we hear from the pastor learning to burn copies of the koran. find it at your grocery .
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overseas stock markets are selling this morning, after the yen hit a 15-year high. the stronger currency hurts the bottom line for japanese companies. tokyo's nikkei average tumbled 2.2% today. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street, the dow fell 107 points yesterday. the nasdaq shed almost 25 point s. hewlett-packard is taking its former ceo to court. it's an attempt to prevent him from doing to rival, oracle. h.p. argues that mark hurd will share trade secrets with its competitor. hurd was forced out after the company attempted to hide expense reports. burger king is getting serious about the most important meal of the day. the burger chain is adding nine new items to the breakfast menu. the new items will include blueberry biscuits and pancakes. the price of your morning
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pick-me-up may be going up. coffee prices have hit a 13-year high, raising prices in june. the company is a sells folgers and dunkin' donuts' brand in supermarkets raised its prices 10% last month. time to start hoarding the coffee beans. >> we'll still pay. coming up next, the growing pressure on a pastor who is planning to burn islam's holy book. plus, the end of an era. a political surprise in chicago. and fashion week begins -- in a big way in the big apple. good morning! ♪ [ female announcer ] nutri-grain -- one good decision... ♪ ...can lead to another. ♪ ♪ ...made with real fruit and now with more of the whole grains your body needs.
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more rain and flash floods are expected today as far north as oklahoma and kansas. that flooding will affect i-35, from kansas city to the mexican border. i-95 across new england. and on a southern end of the interstate through florida. >> if you're flying today, you can expect airport delays in seattle, kansas city, dallas, houston and boston. there is growing condemnation this morning over a florida pastor's plan to burn the koran. but minister terry jones says he is not backing down. >> our terry moran traveled to florida to speak to jones directly about this controversy. >> reporter: at the sunday morning service in the duf world outreach center, there were fewer than 30 worshipers. a tiny congregation among the world's 2 billion-plus christians. but pastor terry jones has led this little flock to the brink of what has become a global confrontation.
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>> it's time to stand up and do what we're doing. >> reporter: pastor jones says he will go forward with his plan to burn hundreds of korans, the holy book of more than 1 billion muslims, on september 11th. pastor, don't you even have a twinge of conscience about doing something like this? >> of course. of course. we have thought very much about it. we have prayed a lot about it. yes, it's one of the things that we think about all of the time. >> reporter: jones says the fbi, the department of justice and local law enforcement authorities in gainesville have all urged him not to go forward. but he won't listen. in afghanistan, general david petraeus warned that jones' actions could endanger u.s. troops. >> it puts our soldiers in jeopardy, very likely. we've already seen a demonstration here in kabul just at the rumor that this event could take place. >> we understand that those concerns are valid. but the question that we have
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is, if we don't do it, when do we stop backing down? >> reporter: but even though christian leaders from the vatican to the southern baptists to evangelical leaders have condemned jones, he believes. christians sometimes ask, what would jesus do? do you really this that jesus christ, if he were here today, would say, pastor, go burn that holy book? >> absolutely. >> reporter: jesus christ would say that? >> absolutely. >> reporter: what would change your mind? >> i guess the same thing that caused us to do it. just a deep conviction from god. something has to happen. >> reporter: so, he is praying. as are so many other people, around the world. i'm terry moran, in gainesville, florida. the imam at the helm of the controversial mosque project near ground zero says they're taking a multi-faith approach.
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phasele abdul rauf had an op-ed in the tshgt tshgt after a state department tour in the middle east. he added the community center will have separate prayer spaces for muslims, christians and jews. and the debate will rage on later today on "good morning america." new york city mayor mike bloomberg sits down with our robin roberts to explain why he is one of the outspoken supporters of the mosque. at ground zero, a sign of progress, just ahead of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. a 70-foot piece of world trade center steel has now been hoisted into place. a second column is expected to be in place later today. officials are vowing the memorial will be open next year. the columns will be at the entrance of the museum which is set to open in 2012. something of a political surprise in chicago. mayor richard daley says he went run for re-election next year. daley is in his sixth term as mayor. he, along with his father, have
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run the windy city for 42 of the last 55 years. there's intense speculation in washington that white house chief of staff rahm emanuel, who is from chicago, will run for the job. a young killer whale at san diego seaworld theme park at died. the whale showed signs of being ill on monday. officials say sumar was acting in a lethargic way. they are investigating the cause of his death. time, now, for sports news this morning. here's adnan virk at espn news. >> good morning. the pennant race is continuing around major league baseball, including the. >> kelly: trying to catch the cincinnati reds in the n.l. central. they had their work cut out for them. down 4-2, facing trevor hoffman. aaron miles. and miles to go before he sleeps. a milestone for trevor hoffman. the first player ever to record 600 career saves. the 42-year-old doing so in his 18th career season.
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he last had six saves in '06 with san diego. another blow for the cards. they fall 4-2. the phillies trying to catch the atlanta braves in the n.l. east. bottom of the fifth. score 3-3. ryan howard, off of chris volstad. his 27th homer of the year. phillies take a 4-3 lead. bottom of the eighth, polanco. victorino will score. the phillies are now in first for the first time since may. and wnba action. the dream looking to defeat the liberty and advance the wnba finals. dream up 24-16. angel mccotchery, steal in the lane. the dream up by ten. second quarter. dream up by 11. mccoughtry. liberty by six. how about kathy pondexter. just sticks the tres. late in the third, they're down
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by just one. and it's pondexter again. a phenomenal performance. 3 of her 36. the liberty take their first lead of the game. they're up by two. fourth quarter, dream up by three. mccoughtry, she sets a wnba record of 42 points. the dream advance to the finals. you're up to date for now. back to you in new york. fashion week is getting under way here in new york. but the biggest runway show the city has ever seen. >> dozens of models including gisele bundchen and may yomi campbell took part. the show was a kickoff for friday's fashion night out, a retail stimulus program spearheaded by "vogue" editor in chief. i saw naomi comible on the street. coming up, we'll get new
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economy. this one would give billions in tax cuts to both businesses and corporations. this morning, bp releases its internal investigation report into the massive gulf coast oil spill. the report is expected to assign blame, not only to bp engineers, but also to other companies for the worst environmental disaster in u.s. history. a florida minister is vowing to go ahead with his plan to burn the koran this saturday. secretary of state clinton became the latest high-ranking u.s. official to condemn the highly controversial plan. the federal government has now taken over firefighter efforts around boulder, colorado. the raging wildfire is still burning out of control, destroying nearly 100 structures. nasa says that two, small asteroids are expected to zoom by earth today. they will be visible by a telescope. but they will not hit the earth. good news. coming up later on "good morning america," take a look at this unbelievable video.
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fun-filled night at the white house. first lady michelle obama kicked off the first-ever white house dance series, with help of some of the most talented dancers in the nation. dozens of dance students have across the country were treated to a workshop and jaw-dropping performances from ballet to hip-hop. and a resounding welcome back to our friend and colleague, barbara walters. >> barbara kicked off season 14 of "the view" yesterday, showing the world she has a big bounceback from heart surgery in more ways than one. you know it's a stunt double there. but barbara did come back looking and feeling pretty amazing. she compared notes can david letterman. and she flashed a little more skin than usual. >> will you be wonderful and show us your scar, barbara. >> now, if you want to see my scar -- >> is that a personal thing? >> you are looking at it. >> what do you mean? >> what do you mean. >> my scar starts somewhere
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around here. >> i don't see it. >> i have a little bit. but you wouldn't see it. >> i'm right next to you, barbara. >> you see? >> can barely see it. >> that was -- >> it does look like cleavage. >> you cannot see it. let me see yours. >> you've seen mine. >> does yours look like mine? >> mine looks like a drainage canal in a central american country. >> let's see it. >> no. >> funny to see them exchange notes. >> dave's surgery was ten years ago. they have to compare notes on that. they made it out okay. good to have barbara back. >> it is. of course, she's used that platform smartly to remind women that it's important for us, as well, to look at heart disease. it's not just something that affects men. the 14th season back. she looks fantastic.